At St Giles’ our children are nurtured through the teachings and values of Christianity, and respectful of other faiths. As with all state schools we are required to make provision for a daily act of collective worship and must teach religious education to pupils at every key stage.
A high quality religious education (RE) curriculum is essential to meet the statutory requirement for all maintained schools to teach a broad and balanced curriculum. At the heart of RE in church schools is the teaching of Christianity, rooted in the person and work of Jesus Christ. There is a clear expectation that as inclusive communities, church schools encourage learning about other religions and world views fostering respect for them. Although there is not a National Curriculum for RE, all maintained schools have a statutory duty to teach it.
Mr D Holloway 2016, A Statement of Entitlement, Available at https://www.stalbans.anglican.org/wp-content/uploads/re_statement_of_entitlement__ratified_national_society_council_june_16.pdf
In September, we launched our new RE curriculum, which combines elements of Understanding Christianity and the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus. These two programmes contain a wealth of teaching ideas and we now have an RE curriculum that teaches children about key elements of Christianity and makes links and comparisons with other religions. It is also organised in a way that enables children to develop and progress their learning as they move through the school, revisiting key concepts at a deeper level.